Govt diverting gas from Dabhol to plants in Delhi to address power crisis

The government has decided to divert natural gas from Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra to generation stations in the national capital which is reeling under severe power crisis,

State-run gas utility Gail India Ltd has agreed to divert 0.9 million standard cubic metres per day of domestic gas from the now shut Dabhol power plant to generating stations in Delhi to help produce an additional 218 MW of electricity, oil ministry officials said.

''One mmscmd can generate 242 MW of power. So 0.9 mmcmd can produce an additional 218 MW,'' he said.

The gas being diverted to Delhi is the allocation for Dabhol power plant under government-regulated prices.

''Dabhol has not been producing as it needs a minimum of 1.4 mmscmd of gas to operate. The plant was left with only 0.9 mmscmd of APM allocation after supplies from KG-D6 fields (of Reliance Industries) stopped following drop in output,'' the official said.

Power stations in Delhi need as much as 3 mmsmcd of gas and the balance requirement can be met through use of imported LNG.

As temperatures soared to record high, several parts of Delhi faced power cuts lasting six to eight hours as supply fell short of demand.